Partnership is an important and growing segment of performance marketing for retailers, driving a significant portion of sales and investment from business leaders. With the majority of retail companies reporting that partnerships now drive more than a fifth of their sales, it’s clear that this highly efficient business channel is now a critical part of many marketing plans.
Nearly all retail brands currently pursue some form of partnership, and view building these out as a high priority. As to how people manage and talk about the industry, we appear to be in a period of flux, with no management approach or nomenclature dominating the space. That said, the passion and interest in partnerships among retail business leaders is high.